PR turned sleuth Agatha Raisin first appeared in a series of mystery novels written by M.C. Beaton (the pseudonym of Marion Chesney), who's also the author of the Hamish Macbeth books. Penelope Keith played the character for BBC Radio 4 from 2004 to 2006. In 2014, Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty, Extras) starred in the title role of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, a fun, fast-paced and charming Christmas special aired on Sky 1.
Following the success of The Quiche of Death, Sky commissioned a 8 X 60-minute series aired from June to July 2016. In France, Agatha Raisin was shown by pubcaster France 3 and Koba Films released it on DVD. Sky 1 chose not to commission a second series but streaming service Acorn TV has decided to order new episodes, based on three M.C. Beaton novels: The Wizard of Evesham, The Case of the Curious Curate and The Fairies of Fryham.
Ashley Jensen, Mathew Horne, Matt McCooey and Katy Wix will reprise their roles. all3media International (Midsomer Murders) will distribute the new series, except for English-speaking territories, which will be handled by Acorn Media International. Interestingly, the three stories will be available internationally as three 90-minute TV movies or six 45-minute episodes. The 90-minute format will be definitely better than 60-minute for this detective drama.